Lead by Dr Chris Pawson from UEL and Dr Mark Gardner from University of Westminster, the reseachers looked at the psychological and physiological reasons that a task as simple as having a few sips of water throughout your exam can lead to an improvement in students’ grades by up to 10%.
Water consumption may have a physiological effect on thinking function that result in improved exam performance and alleviate anxiety which is known to have a negative effect on exam performance.
Although these findings could impact current policies on access to drinks during exams at all levels of education, it is clear that keeping hydrated with water during exams helps students perform better.
So for your next exam, don’t forget to take a bottle of water or two with you!
If you would like to read UEL’s official Press Release on the effects of drinking water in exams, please click here.